9/23 Foodie Friday!
WOOHOOO! It's #foodiefriday! It's finally fall and with these lovely warm temperature my garden is finally GOING OFF!
Ratatouille is one of my favorite ways to enjoy the late summer harvest. Ratatouille takes advantage of your tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, onions and garlic.
This Ratatouille recipe courtesy of The Splendid Table takes a long time, it's the perfect recipe for a mild fall weekend. Click on the video to learn how to make weapons-grade Ratatouille. Enjoy!
9/22 Mental Toughness Thursday
Today I'm traveling to Reno with Meg, Heather R. Faith, Heidi, Kerri, Elisa, Cari, and 4 more of our friends for the annual GORUCK's Badass Babes weekend. I did the Badass Babes weekend last year with Meg, Heather and Anne to celebrate my 50th birthday. I'm super excited to show up in Reno with 12 badass babes from Montana where we will join whole bunch of other badass babes from around the country.
Starting tomorrow night at 9pm we are doing a GORUCK Tough.
We will be rucking (walking with weight) for an unknown distance, but at least between 15-20 miles, we will be doing an unknown number of workouts, it will take at least 10 hours and probably closer to 12. All the while under the close supervision of former special forces operators.
I expect to be wet, sandy, and at times very, very uncomfortable. I also expect that we will accomplish hard physical things, support each other mentally, and cohere as a team of badass babes.
We will finish our Tough on Saturday morning and have just a few hours to rest, refuel and prepare for our Basic that starts Saturday at 2pm.
As with the Tough, the details of the Basic will not be provided until the event starts. Even then we will likely not know our final rucking distance until we've achieved it. We can certainly expect more miles, more workouts and more team building opportunities.
Why are we doing this? Well, we do earn a some very cool patches.
While patches are nice, they're not the sole motivation for taking on such an event. In our CrossFit bubble we don't think twice about women in their 50s doing hard shit. We run, jump, lift, throw and do all manner of hard physical things. Outside of our CrossFit bubble the notion of 50 year old women doing hard physical shit is uncommon.
We are inspired to do this event because it stretches our comfort zone. Endurance has never been my strength and I am not at all interested in developing it through running. When I caught the rucking bug in January I was so happy to find an endurance sport that got me outside with friends and was not such an impacting grind on my body. I am strong and carrying heavy weight over long distances is something I can do.
Carry heavy weight over long UNKNOWN distances is the aspect of this weekend that appeals to all of us. We are all Type A women like to be in control. I, for one, like to know how many rounds, how many minutes, how many reps are expected of me. This weekend I will be expected to just. keep. going. no matter how much I've already done.
I think this is a great metaphor for life, really. My goal in life is to just keep going. To keep moving forward. Because it doesn't matter how much work I've already done to get to this place. What matters is the work I have before me.
Is there something in your life you want to do that scares you? It's time to register for that big event and start training:)
9/21 Wellness Wednesday
Have you wondered why we give stickers for milestones like 25 and 50 classes or for your first time making the Committed Club? It's because everyone REALLY does love getting a gold star and those milestones worthy of praise.
So many people believe that those of us who stick with an exercise program or a specific nutrition program must somehow have some magic well of motivation from which we can draw. The truth is that those of us who stick with a healthy lifestyle practice have learned (conscious or otherwise) how to celebrate our wins.
Motivation ONLY comes after a win. It rarely precedes it. A win can be as simple as an acknowledgement (like big X on a calendar) of a the first day of a new habit. It doesn't really matter what you're counting down or trying to change, think about how satisfying those big Xs look.
With each X you get feel more motivated to stay the course. Our stickers and #100strong socks do the same thing. They're an acknowledgment of your success. Our workout tracking app, Beyond the Whiteboard, does the same thing. Every time you open the app you get a quick snapshot of your week, month and lifetime of fitness. Here's my September training calendar. I'm super motivated to meet or exceed this in October. My September success creates my motivation for October.
Share with us in the comments how this month has motivated you! What so you want to accomplish in October?
9/20 Technique Tuesday
Cravings vs. Hunger
"Hunger is the best sauce." - Michael Easter
When was the last time you were actually hungry? So many times when we feel like eating we might actually be feeling cravings rather than actual hunger.
Actual hunger comes on gradually, is felt physically in your stomach, and is easy to satisfy with ANY FOOD. Cravings come on suddenly, are specific to a particular food, are habit driven, and hard to satisfy.
One of the biggest myth's in our modern food accessible world is that it's NOT OK to be hungry. We are encouraged to eat at the first sign of discomfort be that physical or emotional discomfort.
Often times we eat because we've developed a habit to eat at a particular time or after an event. There's a strong psychological component to why we eat what and when we do.
Here's the ultimate test of hunger vs. cravings. Are you hungry enough to eat baked fish and steamed broccoli. No? Then you are not hungry but are craving.
I learned that it's ok to be hungry from my nutrition coach. She coached me through a 20 lbs weight loss after I finished my competitive weightlifting season in 2019. Many times our weekly coaching calls focused on how I managed my hunger. I can tell you from experience it's not managed by eating the things I WANTED. The things I wanted to eat did not satisfy my rumbling belly. Things that satisfied my rumbling belly were a very large glass of water followed by lean protein and vegetables. Yes, many times I ate baked fish and steamed broccoli.
So the next time you find yourself reaching into the fridge, pause and see if you're willing to eat baked fish and steamed broccoli. If you're not, drink a tall glass of water, step away from the fridge, and plan your next lean protein and veggie rich meal. Good luck!
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